Honour 10 female artists at the Art Gallery of Alberta
April 6, 2012 by Chloe
The exhibit, Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975, will be showing at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton until June 3. Admission to the gallery is $12.50, and $8.50 for seniors; the gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday.
The exhibit highlights 10 women who were all born before 1918 and were modernist artists. The artists featured are Dorothy Henzell Willis, Sibyl Budde Laubental, Helen Stadelbauer, Thelma Manarey, Janet Mitchell, Margaret Shelton, Marion Nicoll, Laura Evans Reid, Ella May Walker, and Annora Brown. The aim is to show the incredibly strong role that women played in the initial, and ongoing, development of modernism as an art form in Alberta, particularly early forms of abstraction. The genres of art include painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and mosaics.
The exhibit, which is curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette, features 80 works either in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Alberta, and from 15 different private and public collections. On April 25 at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts beginning at 7pm, Mary-Beth Laviolette will be giving a free lecture on the exhibit; a reception will follow.
When we think of modern art, many of us think of the 21st century. However, the modernist movement goes back to the beginning of the last century. Many modern artists have contributed not only to the fine art world, but to the commercial art world as well; Andy Warhol started out as a commercial artist. Graphic artists are often hired by Edmonton printing companies to create images and logos for use on merchandising products for their clients.